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Whenever an actor decides to use "the method" approach to a role, it usually ends up making headlines. The process of an actor really getting their head inside a character has made for some jaw-dropping performances, and some shocking behind-the-scenes tales. Here are just a few times method actors have taken things too far for a part…
Adrien Brody | 0:20
Jim Carrey | 1:40
Nicolas Cage | 3:24
Christian Bale | 4:25
Martin Sheen | 5:38
Matt Damon | 6:46
Daniel Day-Lewis | 7:25
Ashton Kutcher | 7:59
Read more here → https://www.looper.com/98284/times-method-actors-took-things-way-far/
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Method acting at least on stage is considered suicide acting lol. If you get too much into a character, especially very depressed ones or ones in sad plays, it can get hard to come back from and often leads to actors killing themselves
7:20 '...special medication to repair his adrenal gland...' All hats of for Matt , Good Will Hunting and Departed and what not bur this info is BULLSHIT. There isn't a medication that can repair such damage at that level.
Bale should have been suspended and made to put on weight after what he did for the Machinist. The fact that it's a totally average film aside, no one should be allowed to torture themselves for role like this. He's a great actor, but my goodness, what a fool he was to do that to himself.
One of the most remarkable transformations in cinema was Anthony Gaudioso in The Ghost and The Whale.
The actor Gained 72 pounds for the role, looked like a human wrecking ball, grew his beard out for four monthes and directed the film. The performance is nuanced and stunning.
Sheryl Lee for the film Twin Peaks Fire Walk with me went to insane lengths to paint the portrait of an abused young woman.
Christina Ricci is so devastatingly sad and honest in the film PROZAC NATION.
Henry Scrimshaw in THE WITCH
THESE WERE ALL PERFORMANCES THAT WERER NEVER REALLY RECOGNIZED.
I always wonder if this stuff should result in acting awards. Sure there’s acting there, but they’re obviously doing their most to actually become the person mentally and physically. A great actor could transform themselves on screen without needing to go through such anguish. I think this stuff is admirable too, but...idk. I feel like it depends.
Hahahah – can't stop laughing! :) For the writers of this Video-Essay "essentially dropping out of modern society" means: 1. moving to Europe, 2. selling ones car and 3. disconnecting ones cellphone. minute 0.58
Never understood method acting. An actor should be able to turn on and off a role. Method acting makes you live the part. Acting is about pretend, not reality. I remember in college, all the acting majors rolled their eyes at the Hollywood method moguls
Heath Ledger did ALOT to prepare for Joker in the Dark Knight too, they should have included him in this. He literally became The Joker both on and off set, playing the mannerisms even when the cameras weren't rolling.
Leonardo DiCaprio with his role in the Aviator!
He played the OCD symptoms so well, that some persisted after the filming, and he had to go on therapy for a few months afterwards to get rid of them. OCD can be a devastating condition, so he probably went through some serious suffering.
Weight gain and loss repeatedly is more taxing on the body than staying even moderately overweight. I worry about Christian Bale's health, and have done since The Machinist. When I saw that film for the first time I was recovering from anorexia myself and honestly found it hard to watch as it was so triggering he was that thin. I find it hard to believe that he put himself through that.